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post #1 of 6 Old 09-17-2013, 02:53 PM Thread Starter
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Hoof abscess or sprained fetlock?? Hmm...

So my 10yo QH mare decided to go lame all of a sudden yesterday when I got home from school. Her fetlock is warm and very tender and it is very swollen. She could barely put any weight on it at all and she didn't want to move at all. I hosed it down a couple times last night and this morning, she was much better. She actually pushed open the stall door while I wasn't looking and ran out to the pasture.. ughh. It does not seem as swollen and she obviously wants to move so it doesn't hurt as much. But now I researched it a little more today, and I realized that it might be a hoof abscess, but when I touch her hoof, she isn't sore anywhere, just on her fetlock. What should I do to help her even more? She is currently on stall rest for a couple of days while I tend to her. Her fetlock is still very warm, though, but she isn't limping as bad.
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post #2 of 6 Old 09-17-2013, 03:01 PM
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If it improved with hosing, then I'm going to say it's a fetlock issue, not an abscess. With an abscess your horse would be very lame until it blew out, then feel a lot better.
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So i probably won't have to use ebsom salts? Or should I, just to be safe?
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If she's good at soaking, it would not hurt to soak her w/ epsom salts. I actually just had a similar issue, he was very lame w/ NO heat or swelling so I assumed abscess so I soaked and pouticed. The farrier came out the next day (for a scheduled appointment) and didn't think it was an abscess because at that point, there was swelling and his hoof tester didn't catch it. I hosed his leg that day and that night... an absecess DID burst out of his heel bulb....

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If it's obviously swollen, stick with cold hosing/ice and limit her movement.
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Thank you for the advice! It took her about a month to get better, but now she's alright!! :)
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